When do you stop breast-feeding?

Sandi - posted on 09/05/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I know that every mother chooses the right time for their child, but I am curious what the average age is that you stop breast feeding. If you could just please let me know what you did, and how it may or may not have affected things I would appreciate it. I understand that there are alot of factors that can effect your choice so please include those. Should you stop nursing and put them on the bottle at a certain age no matter what, or is it always better to nurse as long as you are able to????
Thanx,
Sandi

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Angie - posted on 09/06/2009

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Quoting Amy:

My son is 5 1/2 months and I am breastfeeding him and giving him breastmilk in a bottle. I have to give my son both b/c he was on the small side @ 4 mos. But it is all in your own time. I will probably stop nursing before or at one. I like the fact that my son will take the bottle but we did not start it until 4 mos. I was nervous but I did not have a choice since he was not gaining the weight they wanted him too. Breastmilk is the best for your baby b/c of the vitamins and nutrients they will get from it. It is also better developmentally. It is all up to you and some babies might not take a bottle. My friends son didn't like the bottle but I like the fact that if I had to give him a bottle I can if i am unable to breast feed him and he will still get my milk. But you should start pumping to get a supply started b/c by a certain time your milk will be on a schedule and you will not get any extra. You will have to pump for a week or so to get extra supply to come in. It is good to pump anyways. You have to figure out when to pump. I pump 30 mins after I feed him to give my milk time to come in a little bit and you should get about an oz and a half to 2 oz at the least. That is pretty common and of course if your baby sleeps through the night or most of the way you will get a little more. If you pump too when you start cereal it helps to add some breast milk to it and it will taste better to your baby. I love breastfeeding. Its something that my baby and I share. But my husband loves to get the chance to give our little boy a bottle and be apart of the process. B/c you have to remember they do not have the automatic bond we have. Just do what is best for you and your baby. Good luck I hope i helped and if I repeated myself sorry baby brain. lol.



A few things here are inaccurate and I just wanted to correct the information.  You will always be able to increase your supply no matter how old your baby is.  It never gets on a set schedule that doesn't increae.  Breastmilk is all about supply and demand and our supplies are constantly changing based on the needs of our babies.  It generally does not take a lot of extra time to increase your supply but if you do notice your supply is lower then you want to increase the pumping/nursing sessions to que your body to make more milk. 



 



it is absolutely not necessary to pump unless you really need to (like going back to work or if you need baby to take a bottle occasionally).  The pump does not do anything your baby can't do and your baby is actually much more efficient at emptying and keeping your supply up than the pump is.  As far as how much you would get with the pump there is no minimum amount.  Some women can get 6-8 ounces in one pumping session and some can only get 1/2 an ouce.  Every woman is different and remember just because you can't get a good ouput with the pump it doesn't mean you have supply issues.  Some women just respond better to the pump than others. 



 



Also Amy, just a side note for you.  It's important to remember the growth charts that doctors offices use are actually growth charts based on formula fed babies, not breastfed babies.  So while they may have told you that your little one was smaller than they would have liked they are probably basing that on a formula fed babies growth.  If you visit kellymom.com you can get some good information on what a breastfed babies growth should be.  It's pretty likely that your little guy does not need the extra supplementation after you look at the breastfed babies growth chart. 

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Amy - posted on 09/05/2009

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My son is 5 1/2 months and I am breastfeeding him and giving him breastmilk in a bottle. I have to give my son both b/c he was on the small side @ 4 mos. But it is all in your own time. I will probably stop nursing before or at one. I like the fact that my son will take the bottle but we did not start it until 4 mos. I was nervous but I did not have a choice since he was not gaining the weight they wanted him too. Breastmilk is the best for your baby b/c of the vitamins and nutrients they will get from it. It is also better developmentally. It is all up to you and some babies might not take a bottle. My friends son didn't like the bottle but I like the fact that if I had to give him a bottle I can if i am unable to breast feed him and he will still get my milk. But you should start pumping to get a supply started b/c by a certain time your milk will be on a schedule and you will not get any extra. You will have to pump for a week or so to get extra supply to come in. It is good to pump anyways. You have to figure out when to pump. I pump 30 mins after I feed him to give my milk time to come in a little bit and you should get about an oz and a half to 2 oz at the least. That is pretty common and of course if your baby sleeps through the night or most of the way you will get a little more. If you pump too when you start cereal it helps to add some breast milk to it and it will taste better to your baby. I love breastfeeding. Its something that my baby and I share. But my husband loves to get the chance to give our little boy a bottle and be apart of the process. B/c you have to remember they do not have the automatic bond we have. Just do what is best for you and your baby. Good luck I hope i helped and if I repeated myself sorry baby brain. lol.

Angie - posted on 09/05/2009

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We believe in child led weaning. My oldest daughter will be 3 in October and is still nursing as is her 11 month old baby sister. I believe babies should breastfeed until at least 2 years old though or at the very least get breastmilk in a bottle or sippy. It is pretty rare for a baby to wean themselves before 2 years of age. The worldwide age of weaning is 4 years old.

Crystal - posted on 09/05/2009

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HI ... im a mother of 2 and i nursed both of my children. My oldest was stopped abruptly when he was admitted to hospital, but my second nursed for a little over 6 months. I did not wean him. He weaned himself. I tried to bottle feed him the bm but he wouldnt take it. I then tried to get him to take bm from a sippy cup with the stopper removed and he still didnt take it. I think that weaning is something you should let you baby choose. There's abousolutely no harm in nursing you children up to a year and on. If they are ot ready they ar enot ready. If you wean them to soon you're gonna cause anxiety betwqeen baby and you. Let the little one choose. Only he/she knows whats best for her in terms of nursing. Believe me, the baby wont be nursing forever!

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